Cooking a small Christmas dinner? Here’s a menu to help plan your Christmas Dinner For Two including small batch recipes of your favorite Christmas dishes.

Collage of ham steak, green beans, and cupcakes

Now that the biggest food holiday of the year is over in the US, it’s time to start thinking about your Christmas Dinner For Two menu.

Although most people don’t host nearly as many people for Christmas dinner as they do for Thanksgiving, they still have family coming over.

But maybe that’s not you. Maybe it’s only you and your partner. Maybe it’s only you and your roommate. Maybe you’re unable to travel this year. Or maybe you simply don’t have a huge family.

I got you. I’ve been scaling down recipes for years.

You enjoyed my Thanksgiving Dinner For Two so much, I decided to write about Christmas dinner ideas for small families.

I promise you from the bottom of my heart (and stomach) these recipes are indeed scaled down for two people making about 2-4 helpings.

The other Christmas for two menus out there are mostly a lie. They talk about scaled down recipes but then tell you to make a 3.5 pound pot roast and “just refrigerate the leftovers!”

My small pork roast only calls for 1 pound meat while my mashed potatoes for two calls for 2 potatoes (NOT 5 pounds which I saw happen twice).

Most of the recipes will look familiar because there is a lot of overlap between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

However, I did swap out most of the desserts for gingerbread, peppermint, and eggnog.

This isn’t meant to be a full Christmas dinner for 2 menu; rather, I’m giving you choices to pick and choose. It’s like one of those build your own adventures books but with food!

The list of Christmas dinner for two ideas is at the bottom, but here is a breakdown of Christmas dinner ideas for a small family:

Make your next holiday cocktail an easy one with Cranberry Orange Sangria made with red wine, cranberry juice, and oranges.

Christmas Drinks

Since you’ll be busy cooking, you don’t have to make drinks. Open a bottle of your favorite drink and pour.

However, you can make your Christmas dinner for 2 more special with Cranberry Sangria or Pomegranate Punch.

Not sure about finishing a whole bottle of wine? You can now buy little wine bottles, which is about 1-2 glasses.

Not a wine drinker? Serve a sparkling non-alcoholic drink, such as grape or apple juice. Or cozy up with Thick Hot Chocolate.

Honey Glazed Ham Steak Dinner For Two served with pineapple

What To Make For Christmas Dinner

Thanksgiving dinner may be practically synonymous with turkey, but Christmas dinner is all about ham and lamb.

Of course ham usually comes in giant sizes. Luckily for us, we can make a honey glazed ham steak recipe so you’re not stuck with 10 pounds of leftovers.

Want to make lamb for Christmas? Make Lamb Chop Dinner for two complete with a pan sauce on top.

In the mood for poultry? Check out my recipes for turkey tenderloin and stuffed Cornish hen.

Another easy Christmas dinner for two is Small Pork Roast made in the oven or Instant Pot Pork Roast With Vegetables so you can cut down on cook time.

Don’t eat meat? No problem! Make my Stuffed Butternut Squash and Mushroom Gravy for a meatless Christmas dinner for 2.

Christmas Side Dishes

Personally I think Christmas side dishes are the best part!

Most recipes make roughly 4 servings (2 helpings each), so they’re perfect for your small Christmas dinner.

I usually opt for stove top scalloped potatoes or au gratin potatoes for two.

You can also make green bean casserole without mushroom soup ahead of time along with my small batch dinner rolls. Nothing says Christmas dinner for two like homemade bread!

Don’t forget the gravy! You can make either homemade gravy without drippings or pan gravy from drippings.

These small batch Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcakes with homemade cream cheese frosting makes a half dozen cupcakes. Ideal for when you want a small Christmas dessert without too many leftovers.

Christmas Desserts

Of course no Christmas dinner for two is complete without dessert!

December brings lots of peppermint, gingerbread, and eggnog.

It also brings lots of cookies. You can check out my recipes for Small Batch Christmas Cookies then learn how to make the best Christmas Cookie Tray to serve at the end of your meal.

Love gingerbread? Bake up a small Gingerbread Cake or Mini Gingerbread Cheesecakes.

A bit less traditional, but if you’re still in the mood for pumpkin, you can bake my Small Pumpkin Pie in a homemade small pie crust or opt for Small Pecan Pie.

Need something special for Christmas morning? Or maybe you’re tired of all the seasonal flavors? Check out my Small Coffee Cake recipe or 6 Inch Cheesecake recipe.

What To Do With Christmas Leftovers

Even though these small batch recipes are scaled down for two, you may still have leftovers from serving a mini feast.

If you still find yourself with leftover ham, use it up in Ham and Cheese Soup or Baked Eggs with Ham and Cheese.

You can also use leftover chicken or turkey in chicken pot pie for two.

Christmas Dinner For Two FAQ

Can you prepare dishes in advance?

Yes, you can prep in advance to save time. Desserts can be baked the day before, casseroles and gravy can be made then reheated, and vegetables can be chopped then refrigerated.

How can I scale down my favorite recipe not on this list?

Start by halving or quartering it, rounding ingredients up or down as needed. You may also want to check on your dish about 5-10 minutes earlier than listed as smaller portions may cook slightly faster.

How do you make Christmas for two special?

Not being around family for the holidays can be emotional. Make your dinner enjoyable by drinking your favorite wine, cooking a new dish together, or eating your favorite dessert.

Christmas Dinner For Two

Cooking a small Christmas dinner? Here’s a menu to help plan your Christmas Dinner For Two including small batch recipes of your favorite Christmas dishes.


First published December 2, 2019